Managing and regulating hazardous and toxic substances

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The national strategy of Vision 2020 aimed at making Malaysia an industrialised nation by the year 2020 will definitely have an impact on the manufacture and use of hazardous and toxic substances in the country. The use of these substances, especially the chemicals, is expected to increase particularly in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. This warrants the need for a practical, efficient and logical approach to managing and regulating hazardous and toxic substances production and use. The Malaysia National Development Plans and Outline Perspective Plans have placed emphasis on sustainable development. As chemical production and use is very much a part of our daily lives, there is great benefit to be gained from ensuring that the best approach to managing and regulating hazardous and toxic substances is developed as soon as possible. Chemical management is a task that has to be tackled not just by the government agencies, but by industry, business and the community as well. It requires a multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach, and multistakeholder involvement. Therefore, the need for all parties and stakeholders, be they users or producers to meet further and deliberate on how best to frame and develop a national chemical management plan is critical, where hazardous and toxic substances are merely a part of the whole chemical use and production scenario. This paper discusses aspects of hazardous and toxic substances management in Malaysia. The existing management approaches are analysed with a focus on issues and challenges. Suggestions are made on the best approaches in managing and regulating hazardous and toxic substances in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Policy and Law
Volume33
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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Managing and regulating hazardous and toxic substances. / Mokhtar, Mazlin; Abdul Ghani Aziz, Sarah Aziz; Mohamed, Ahmad Fariz; Manaf, Noor Hasimah A.

In: Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 33, No. 6, 12.2003, p. 268-273.

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